Ladies and gentlemen, but probably mostly gentlemen, welcome to Day One of the second annual NUGies. We received hundreds of votes for Boise State's end-of-year awards, so thank you for your participation and feedback.
Without further ado, the jump. And then Day One of the awards.
Note: The rest of the NUGies will be revealed tomorrow, including Offensive and Defensive Players of the Year, Boise State's Game of the Year, and the Marty Tadman Awesome Award.
Most Inevitable Fail NUGie
Kyle Brotzman field goals from the left hash
|Kyle Brotzman field goals from the left hash||136||69%|
|The drama of the WAC championship race||10||5%|
|Center-QB exchanges in the red zone||31||16%|
|Tackling Ryan Mathews||18||9%|
The impetus for this award, Kyle Brotzman field goals was the clear winner in one of the most lopsided votes of the awards season. Karl Benson's gag order on WAC championship drama certainly helped.
Notable write-in votes: Troy Oppie's failed attempt at starting a grassroots campaign for "swinging gate two-point conversions" never really took flight.
Favorite Playcall NUGie
The 3-3-5 blitzing defense
|Titus Young fly sweep||35||18%|
|Wild Avery formation||14||7%|
|Play-action to the tight end||38||19%|
|WR and RB screens||7||4%|
|The 3-3-5 blitzing defense||90||46%|
Miami (OH) QB Daniel Raudabaugh totally agrees with this selection.
Notable write-in votes: A handful of people voted for "pretty much anything involving Doug Martin," which really warms my heart. And I may have found the biggest snub of awards season when a voter reminded me that Austin Pettis fade passes did not make the nominee list. If only this were the Pro Bowl and RB screens could pull out with an injury.
Least Favorite Playcall NUGie
The option with Kellen Moore
|Passes to Mitch Burroughs in the flat||49||25%|
|The option with Kellen Moore||86||44%|
|Toss sweeps in short yardage situations||24||12%|
|Anything when Mike Coughlin is in the game||26||13%|
|Brad Elkin coffin corner punts||6||3%|
Kellen Moore option plays are bad, even more so when they are called to the short side of the field against defenses like TCU. But is the option 20 percent worse than Mitch Burroughs passes? David Augusto's fantasy team would beg to differ.
Notable write-in votes: Runs up the middle on 3rd and long. I know, right. What is this? The NFL?
The Mark Johnson Misadventures in Broadcasting NUGie
|Rod Gilmore and Joe Tessitore "Storm the Dorm"||34||18%|
|Tom Scott calling Matt Kaiserman "Shea McClellin"||32||17%|
|Karl Benson's ESPN interview||26||14%|
On the one hand, Mark Johnson repeatedly confusing injured D.J. Harper with healthy Doug Martin was a setback to broadcasting. On the other hand, could you imagine if this Doug Harper guy really existed?
Notable write-in votes: Byron Hout's punch-a-thon received a vote, as did Justin Corr and Zach Wolken. However, my favorite write-in was clearly the FOX play-by-play man pronouncing Poinsettia.
Meme of the Year NUGie
Ripping Boise State's strength of schedule
|Comparing Matt Kaiserman to Brock Forsey||24||12%|
|Ripping Boise State's strength of schedule||119||62%|
|"Carrying the flag" for injured Bronco players||18||9%|
|Rhyming things with "Bronco Nation"||5||3%|
|Ridiculous stadium color schemes||24||12%|
This category was made possible with generous participation from "the media."
NUGie for Favorite Doug Martin Run
Recovered fumbled snap score against Utah State
|Breaking three tackles on 3-yard TD run against Utah State||70||36%|
|Sideline romp late in the fourth quarter against San Jose State||12||6%|
|TD run against Bowling Green||12||6%|
|Recovered fumbled snap score against Utah State||86||44%|
The real winner here? Bronco fans.
Notable write-in vote: Martin's fourth quarter run against Nevada.
Best Hair NUGie
Jarrell Root's afro
|Kyle Wilson's dreadlocks||58||29%|
|Jarrell Root's afro||72||37%|
|Billy Winn's mohawk||28||14%|
|Jerrell Gavins's "T-Pain" 'do||19||10%|
|Matt Slater's party in the back||10||5%|
Root beat out Kyle Wilson for the best hair award, which is kind of bittersweet because Root plans to get a haircut at the Broncos' Fan Fiesta on Saturday. I think it's clear what kind of haircut he needs to get in order to repeat next year. A bowl cut.
Notable write-in votes: George Iloka received a fair number of write-ins, although there was hardly a consensus on what his haircut really is. I got everything from mohawk to side fade to Etch-a-Sketch. Can we get a Chadd Cripe report on this?
Most Devastating Injury NUGie
As further evidence of his importance to the team, Pettis wasn't injured until the penultimate game of the regular season, and his injury was still named most devastating by a wide margin. In related news, Daron Mackey and Jamar Taylor will now need new motivation for their rehab.
Notable write-in votes: None. This was the only category with zero write-ins, which must bum out Chuck Hayes.
Kirby Moore NUGie for Most Anticipated Newcomer in 2010
RB Malcolm Johnson
|RB Malcolm Johnson||58||31%|
|DE Tyrone Crawford||31||17%|
|WR Aaron Burks||32||17%|
|WR Geraldo Hiwat||16||9%|
|LB Allen Mooney||6||3%|
|LB John Michael Davis||20||11%|
|DT Matt Paradis||13||7%|
Your excitement is justified.
Notable write-in votes: Some others who received votes were Ebo Makinde, Ricky Tjong-a-Tjoe, Matt Miller, and a new kicker for the left hash.
NUGie for Worst Bronco-related Media Moment
Sad cowbell girl
|Troy Oppie blaming Austin Pettis's broken ankle on Coach Pete's decision to go for two||48||25%|
|Brian Murphy predicting all season long that Boise State would not make a BCS bowl||46||24%|
|The Coach Pete fake Twitter account||4||2%|
|Sad Cowbell Girl||88||46%|
FOX's video of a blind Boise State band member playing the cowbell sparked an Internet sensation, followed shortly by an Internet apology. The lesson here: Never make fun of anyone you see on TV unless they are Mark Johnson.
The Joe Giansante Memorial Bronco Hater NUGie for Media Bias
Is Craig James dominating this award a sign of things to come for Public Enemy No. 1 voting? This is the type of thing that would be discussed if Boise State had its own Access Hollywood show.
OBNUG Post of the Year NUGie
|Mr. Fiskers's takedown of Gene Wojciechowski||119||63%|
|Oregon's Know Your Enemy||45||24%|
|The UC Davis anagram roster||4||2%|
|FanPost from US military member Polynikes||12||6%|
|Boise State basketball preview||7||4%|
Yo, Mr. Fiskers, I'm happy for you and Imma let you finish ... but the 2008 Oregon blog bet was the best OBNUG post of all time.